A peculiar young girl, Rquo Howlite (pronounced "Ruco") ran away from home and has fended for herself since then, with only the help of her small and eternally loyal pet, Kumikumi. Although she once lived a life of opulence with her rich family, their breakup and divorce left a mark on the child, stripping her of all faith in mankind.
Rquo's ambition in life is to conquer the world! All the citizens of the Gemstone Kingdom will kneel before her, or face her wrath! Mind you, how she aims to realistically achieve this goal is uncertain; outside of being condescending to everyone she meets, she seems to rely entirely on the Gemstones to do all the dirty work for her. However, she's doomed to failure in all of her endings, as her wish is always ignored in favour of something totally irrelevant, like putting her in silly costumes.
Although the youngest of the cast at a mere seven years old, Rquo gets uppity when people refer to her as a child, and she prefers to be referred to as a "lady". Likewise, she doesn't take remarks about her height in stride either (though she doesn't try to counteract this by forcing people to make "how's the weather up there?" jokes).
Rquo has no connections with any of the other characters; mostly because she's so keen to rule over everyone with an iron fist, and also because she already has the only ally she needs - Kumikumi. A small, yellow, nondescript circular creature with large ears and a gemstone on its forehead. It speaks in an indecipheral language of "w", "v" and "z" sounds, though it does have a few brief moments of clarity - mostly when it mentions "wemz". It's unknown if Rquo can actually understand Kumikumi, but the two are inseperable, and the little creature does everything in its power to assist its master in acquiring the Gemstones.
Playing pranks, collecting trinkets
SOURCE: Arcade attract mode (Japanese)
SOURCE: Puchi Carat Official Guide Book
She once lived a life of opulence with her rich family, but after her parents divorced her life turned upside down. Her father remarried to a new partner,but Rquo was left behind. She was embittered by this, and ran away from home to indulge in her hobbies of pranking people and collecting goods.
She used to be quite friendly and sociable a long time ago; perhaps because of her wealth, perhaps because of the sake she drank.[?] However, she now comes across as immature and childish, but resents being told that's how she behaves. Atop her head lives her pet Kumikumi, whom she talks to and is her eternal companion.
SOURCE: Puchi Carat Original Sound Tracks
Age 0: Born to the Howlite family in Pendelowke.
Age 4: Her parents divorce, and her father takes custody of her. Immediately afterwards, her father remarried.
Age 5~6: Her father's new partner becomes sick and tired of him, and leaves them behind. This event sours Rquo's badly, beginning her path down misanthrophy.
Age 6: While making a living off odd jobs and stealing, she comes across the Turquoise Secret Stone.
Age 7: Rquo encounters the newborn Kumikumi and takes it with her; it quickly becomes her loyal companion and something for her to talk to. After overhearing of the Secret Stones while out wandering, she seeks them out in hopes of putting the populace under her dominion.
SOURCE: PlayStation manual (Japanese)
Ruco / December / Turquoise
She is a intricate girl from a complex family. Her only friend is her pet called KumiKumi. She has run away from home. She wants to conquer the world. She is 7
SOURCE: PlayStation manual (English)
ルコ / DECEMBER / ♀, 8歳;
SOURCE: Game Boy manual (Japanese)
Rqco [sic] / December / Female, 7yrs old
She is an intricate girl. She has been brought up in a complicated family situation, and her only friend is her pet, Kumikumi. She has currently run away from home, and her greatest ambition is to conquer the world!
SOURCE: Game Boy manual (English)
Rquo's distinct location is a train station. Where in the Gemstone Kingdom it's located is totally unspecified.
Kumikumi is a secret character in the Game Boy version. For information on how to unlock it, see the appropriate page.
Rquo trains the player in becoming a Puchi Carat master.
Rquo pisses off everyone in her quest for global conquest.
Rquo cuts the formalities.
Rquo decides to give peace a chance. Ha! Just kidding.
Kumikumi gathers the gems for its master.
Rquo's attack pattern is to lay three columns of three blocks each, with gaps on the far left, far right, and centre. A tricky pattern to utilise, as the weak spots are wide open, and the foe can target the two columns separately.
When facing Rquo as an opponent, any of the three gaps can be used to whittle them away into potential chains.
Cards (Game Boy, Rquo)
Cards (Game Boy, Kumikumi)